Associate Professor Numismatic at the University of Oslo

At the Museum of Cultural History, Section for Ethnography, Numismatics, Classical Archaeology, and University History (SENKU) at the University of Oslo, there is a permanent position available as an Associate Professor (SKO 1011) in numismatics.

The museum houses a significant collection of coins, banknotes, and medals from antiquity to modern times, along with the country’s most comprehensive numismatic research library. The museum is responsible for managing coin finds and the export of archaeological, ethnographic, and numismatic cultural objects.

We are seeking a researcher with a background in numismatics, history, archaeology or other relevant fields, preferably with expertise in the Viking Age and/or the Middle Ages. The successful candidate is expected to work with all parts of the collection, including both newer and older materials.


The museum aims to make its collections accessible for research, dissemination, and teaching. The appointed individual will initiate research and contribute to the development of research projects in line with the museum’s priorities. Additionally, the successful candidate will actively engage in other museum tasks, including collection and documentation work, handling matters related to cultural heritage legislation, and participating in exhibitions and other forms of public outreach.

The distribution of work time between research and other museum tasks, including administration, is 50/50.

The successful candidate is expected to actively participate in the museum’s academic community.

Qualifications Requirements

  • A doctoral degree or equivalent in numismatics, history, archaeology, or other relevant fields. Broad academic expertise is emphasized.
  • Competence in numismatics or work with numismatic collections or sources.
  • Proficiency in written and oral English and Norwegian (or another Scandinavian language) is a prerequisite for performing all tasks in the position. Applicants who do not master a Scandinavian language must be able to document such competence at level B2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) within two years.

Other qualifications emphasized:

  • Educational expertise. Applicants who have not documented basic university pedagogical competence must acquire this within two years of employment.
  • Documented qualifications in communication, administration, and leadership.
  • Experience with collections and databases.
  • Experience in administrative tasks related to cultural heritage management.
  • Experience in research collaboration and grant applications.
  • Experience in public outreach, including museum exhibitions.
  • International publishing profile and network.
  • Documented potential for project applications and contributing to long-term academic and institutional development.

Personal Qualities

  • Ability to build good relationships and collaborate effectively with colleagues and academic communities.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral, in Norwegian/Scandinavian languages and English.
  • Flexibility in a diverse and busy work environment.

We offer

  • Salary ranging from NOK 692,400,- to NOK 845,900,- depending on qualifications, in the position of Associate Professor (position code 1011).
  • A professionally stimulating and pleasant working environment.
  • Good pension schemes.
  • Welfare benefits.